Your garden is an incredibly important part of your home. It’s more than just an extension of your space. It’s somewhere that you can relax and enjoy the sunshine. With a little work, it can be your own private paradise and there are some huge benefits to spending time outdoors.
Spending more time outside can decrease your risks of developing depression or anxiety. It can help you to get more exercise, reduce your stress levels, boost your creativity, and it can significantly improve your mood. But, if you’ve got children, things can be more complicated. When you’re young, before kids come along, you can spend a long time creating the garden of your dreams. You can plant delicate flowers with soft relaxing aromas; you can have the perfect green lawn, clean and tidy decking and an outdoor eating area. You might have entertained family and friends on long summer nights or spent time outside practicing yoga or a more creative hobby. Your garden was your gorgeous, safe outdoor space to do what you wanted.
Then, kids came along, and suddenly toys started to take over. The decking got covered in mud. The barbeque had to be put away so that the kids couldn’t get hurt and your lovely flowers have all be trampled and kicked apart.
As a parent, it can be hard to create the perfect garden space for everyone. You want somewhere that you feel comfortable relaxing in the sun and somewhere you are proud to welcome guests. But, you also want your children to have a garden where they can play, explore their creativity and get to know nature safely. Here are some tips to help you get it just right.
When you’ve got children, safety is always your priority. This is even truer outdoors where there can be so many hazards. When you first come to clear out your garden, use chemical free cleaners and lawn treatments. If you’ve got any issues with pests use Chem Free Organic Pest Control. Then, make sure any chemicals or products that you have used are locked safely away either indoors or in a shed with any tools or equipment that you need.
Next, take your time to remove any weeds or harmful plants and shrubs before treating your decking with a non-slip coating so that it’s safe, even when wet or dirty.
Creating zones in your garden helps you to keep your children safe while giving you some space of your own. Think about what you want from your garden. Add a kid zone where your children are free to dig, to play and to get as muddy as they want. Add outdoor toys and games and encourage them to play with freedom and creativity. Then, build a relaxation station with grass and comfortable outdoor seating. Separate the two areas with a pretty flower bed, filled with inexpensive, easy to care for plants that you don’t mind replacing if they get damaged.
If you’ve got the space and want an outdoor eating area, it’s a good idea to install a raised decking, out of the way of the grass and toys. This can give you a fantastic place to entertain and eat. Add a barbeque, outdoor storage and comfortable seating.
Keep it Simple
It can be tempting to spend a lot of money getting your garden just right or come up with intricate designs. But, it might be best saving these until your children are older. Otherwise, you’ll constantly be watching them as they play, afraid that they’ll damage something, and your children won’t be able to relax.
Instead, keep things simple. Add a basic lawn, some cheap, yet pretty flowers, sturdy shrubbery and easy to clean decking and tiles. This way, if something does get damaged, it won’t be hard to repair or replace, and you won’t waste a lot of money.
If you’ve got a great garden that everyone enjoys spending time in, you’ll want to be able to make the most of it. So, add some lighting. This way you’ll be able to enjoy your coffee outdoors first thing in the morning and sit out on the decking late into the night reflecting on your day. Lights will also allow you to enjoy long garden parties and relaxing outdoor dinner parties.
Garden lights come in a huge range, from bright solar post lights to small and delicate lanterns and string lights. Get a range to give yourself options.
If you want to get even more use out of your garden, consider installing a covered area, perhaps over the decking, or a small area at the back of your garden, and outdoor heaters to keep you warm. Then, you’ll be able to get outside even on the coldest of days.
Grow Your Own Vegetables
Many people assume that they can’t have a vegetable patch if they’ve got young children, as it will get ruined. However, kids love growing things for themselves. They might not be gentle enough to look after flowers, but they can get stuck in with a vegetable patch, growing their own favorite foods. Your patch doesn’t need to be large, just pick a few of your family’s favorites and clear a small space for them. Check the best times for planting online or on packages and let your children help as much as possible.
Even if you haven’t got enough space to grow vegetables, you could grow smaller plants like tomatoes and berries in a hanging basket or window box or add a small herb garden to your window sills.
Having children doesn’t mean that you can no longer enjoy your outside area. Keep things simple, and you can have a garden that grows with your family, changing their toys and adding my intricate details and more adult furniture and accessories as they start to get older.
Your garden can still be your dream outdoor space, while also being the perfect place for your children to burn off energy and have fun.
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